In the ninth Gil Cunningham mystery set in medieval Glasgow, the crime-solving notary investigates the slaying of a woman found dead outside a cathedral.
Tied to St. Mungo's Cross by the cathedral, to be cured of her madness overnight by the saint, a young woman is found in the morning beaten and strangled, still tied to the cross.
Who would flout the saint's protection like this? And who is stealing cathedral property? The crows are gathering about Glasgow, watching the movements of clergy and townspeople.
Gil Cunningham must investigate the dead woman, track down the thieves, and identify the watchers in the shadows, particularly the elusive fourth person who holds the secret of what happened in the night. While his wife Alys deals with tensions within the family, Gil questions cathedral staff and apprentice boys, pilgrims and tradesmen, but he uncovers only more puzzles. And then there is another death. How are the murders connected?
Praise for Pat McIntosh’s Gil Cunningham series:
"McIntosh's characterizations and period detail are first rate."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Gil's adventures continue to provide satisfying, albeit convoluted, mysteries larded with historical detail."—Kirkus Reviews
“McIntosh artfully interweaves intrigue and history into this suspenseful medieval murder tale.”—Booklist
"Will do for Glasgow in the fifteenth century what Ellis Peters did and her Brother Cadfael did for Shrewsbury in the twelfth."—Mystery Readers Journal